|Acts of desperation: twine and shellac|
It turns out that if you use cheap crummy tape for finishing handlebar wraps, the results turn out looking cheap and performing crummy. Huh. I bought ten-for-a-dollar black tape at some discount store, and the results were poor. On hot days in Phoenix, the adhesive on the tape would let go, making a sticky, slowly unwrapping mess.
My first instinct was to blame the tape, not the particular cheap tape I had bought, but rather the whole concept of using electrical tape to finish handlebar wraps. The strips supplied with the handlebar wrap tape seemed too short, and the ones I tried also tended to not work great once it got really hot here. So, seeking alternatives to black electrical tape, I tried the Rivbike twine and shellac method. It solved the immediate problem of tape that peels off in the heat, definitely. I kind of like the results and will continue to use it on some bikes. It produces a quirky, distinct look, which is growing on me.
|The initial alternatives I tried|
But I also continued to wonder if I wasn't overlooking something in the tape space. Let's say for bike situations where I don't want the quirky, distinct look going on. Eventually, it occurred to me that decent, non-cheap, non-crummy tape might be engineered better, such that the adhesive doesn't let loose in hotter temperatures. Lo, behold, that is exactly the case.
|Decent, well-designed, temperature-certified tape on the left. Crappy, going into the trash tape on the right.|
|I'm confident that 194°F should exceed my handlebar needs|